Most people believe that the longer you wait to get married, the less likely you are to get divorced. However, there are new studies that suggest that marrying between the ages of 25 and 34 may be the best timing for a successful marriage.
Nicholas Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies and sociology at the University of Utah, has examined the information collected in the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) for an analysis at the Institute for Family Studies. Wolfinger discovered that although it was formerly true that waiting until you’re older to get married was best, it may no longer be the case.
When you marry at a very young age, it is more likely that you will go through more significant changes as you age. Additionally, you probably have not attained higher educational goals, which correlate to a higher risk of divorce.
Marrying after the age of 35 years may also increase the likelihood of divorce for several reasons. You are more likely to have had numerous different relationships even some that resulted in children. The more exes you have in your life, the more drama and even the temptation of cheating. Additionally, an individual who has waited so late in life to marry may naturally not be well-suited for marriage. They are set in their ways and can be more difficult to get along with.
Many couples are delaying their marriage until they can afford it, which is typically in their late 20s to early 30s. This more responsible approach may explain why these ages for getting married leads to more successful marriages.
There are some that dispute Wolfinger’s findings. Regardless, it is important to remember that studies like these measure general trends, not an individual’s unique experiences. Thus, if you married very young or after age 35 and you are facing divorce, it is unlikely that the age you married is the sole reason your marriage failed.
If you need assistance with your divorce, contact the Men’s Divorce Law Firm today. Our approach to family law is quite simple: we listen to you; we return your calls promptly; we keep you prepared and informed; we respect your time; we understand your concerns; and, most importantly, we care.